In the first half of 2019, Munich Airport set a new half-year record of 22.7 million passengers – a five per cent jump compared to the first six months of 2018.
The number of take-offs and landings at the airport also increased by almost three per cent to around 205,000 aircraft movements in total.
Meanwhile, the most powerful growth driver at the travel hub has been the ever-increasing demand for international travel. The number of passengers travelling between Munich and international destinations in H1 was one million more than the corresponding period in 2018. Disproportionate growth was particularly witnessed in the intercontinental segment, where growth in total passengers (10.6 per cent) was more than double the Europe-wide growth rate (4.5 per cent).
Focused on the impact of aviation on the environment and climate, Munich Airport is now participating in a new initiative, which was announced during the annual assembly of the trade body ACI Europe. Under the plan, more than 190 European airports are committed to taking decisive action to decarbonise aviation. Munich Airport and the other signatories of this ‘Net Zero Carbon’ resolution aim to reduce their CO2 emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050 and remove the unavoidable residual emissions from the atmosphere through technological measures.
CEO, Munich Airport, Dr. Michael Kerkloh declared: “I believe that bans on flying or individuals voluntarily refraining from air travel do not represent viable options for a networked global community. That’s because, in this discussion, there is one fact that we need to bear in mind; aviation doesn’t just produce emissions. It produces cultural exchanges, encounters between people and economic cooperation on a global scale.
“What’s more, aviation produces openness to the outside world, jobs and prosperity,” he added. “Especially in view of the role of flight in bringing the world’s nations together, it is worth combining our strengths and working together for sustainable and climate-friendly aviation. We at Munich Airport will be doing our share.”